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Acetaminophen may do little for acute back pain

Posted July 25, 2014, 12:07 pm Nancy Ferrari, Senior editor, Harvard Health Publications When back pain strikes, all you want is relief—as quickly as possible. Many folks turn to over-the-counter pain relievers to help take the edge off and keep them moving. Acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs (ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin), are common and reasonable choices. …

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